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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

National Children’s Dental Health Month

As you can see, it’s been a while since we posted on this blog, but Wilkes Barre dentist Dr. James DeFinnis and the Back Mountain Dental team are happy to announce that it’s back up and running. Today, we’re talking about the same topic that we left off on exactly a year ago: children’s dental health.

Doing Our Part to Help Children Smile Bigger and Better

If you read the last Back Mountain Dental newsletter, you know that, over the past month, our new dental hygienist Daiphin has been traveling to schools across the Trucksville community to educate little ones about the importance of having healthy teeth and gums.

When she visits schools, Daiphin discusses proper brushing and flossing, the importance of going to the dentist, how to eat healthy, and more. Today, Dr. DeFinnis wants to talk about the same topics so that you and your child can finish National Children’s Dental Health Month on a high note.

Proper Brushing and Flossing

Dental hygiene habits start when your child is young and, hopefully, continue through adulthood to help your child achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. As a basic dental regiment, Dr. DeFinnis suggests brushing twice a day (in the morning and before bed), flossing once a day (before bed), and using a fluoridated mouthwash as needed.

As the parent of a young child, it’s safe to assume that you’re still in the learning stage when it comes to brushing and flossing, so consider the following:

  • Make brushing time fun by brushing to the length of your child’s favorite song, letting your child use a toothbrush in his or her favorite color or with a favorite cartoon character on it, or rewarding a week’s worth of good brushing and flossing with a trip to the park or another fun activity.
  • Don’t be afraid to help your child brush and floss his or her teeth. At this young age, your child is still developing the motor skills needed to brush and floss, so it’s easy for him or her to miss hard-to-reach places in the mouth
  • Talk to your child about why eating healthy and going to the dentist regularly are so important. It’s never too early to start setting the foundation for quality oral and overall health.

Regular Professional Dental Care

Dr. DeFinnis wants to see your child for his or her first dental appointment by the age of one year—even if he or she doesn’t have any teeth yet. In addition to exposing your child to the dentist office for the first time, this appointment allows Dr. DeFinnis to monitor your baby’s growth and development, answer any questions you have, and address any potential problems. These checkups should continue every six months, and regular dental cleaning appointments should begin around the age of five years.

By developing into a normal dental care routine during childhood, your son or daughter is much more likely to maintain the routine as an adult, which will help him or her maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

If you or your child is due for a dental cleaning and/or checkup, call Back Mountain Dental, located in Trucksville, Pennsylvania, at (570) 763-4360.


February 23, 2012 - Posted by | Children's Dental Care | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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